Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

What Should I Do to Have a Great Puppy?

We all love getting cute, little puppies.  They are full of energy and are always ready to play.  We often like to get them to chase us or we love to chase them. We to the “jump on me, jump on me” slap on our legs then they are so cute when the get up on their back legs and give us those “puppy eyes”.

This sounds great when you have a little puppy, but what happens if that puppy is going to grow up to be something really big?  How are you are going to tell them to forget about everything you were doing before?  How are they going to understand that it is not OK to jump on you because they are now big?

The answer is that they will not understand the difference and it will be very difficult to “untrain them” from the bad habits you have encouraged them to pursue. You must understand that the habits and activities you allow your puppy will do will extend into their adult life. Robin and I have a great dog training article that helps clarify all of this for you. Please read our dog training blog titled “What Should I Do to Have a Great Puppy”.

Training your new puppy requires a confident and healthy attitude

Can You Give Me Training Tips for my New Christmas Puppy?

Many families get their first ever puppy at Christmas time for the kids or because the puppy looked just so darn cute in the store.  They play with the puppy and get some instructions on what to do  and then are sent home with their four-legged bundle of joy.  Well, the “joy part” normally  starts to burn out as soon as they get home.

Puppies are really a lot of work and require a great deal of patience on the owners’ part for the relationship to be successful.  We all love puppies because they are cute and fun to play with.  We don’t think about the pottying, behavior, or safety issues that are involved.

You need to create a special environment for your puppy that emulates the maternal canine experience from which they came.  This means that you need to understand nutrition, socialization, leadership, environment, and protection.  More importantly, you need to understand these concepts from a canine perspective. Remember, you are dealing with a puppy.

Robin and I have a great puppy training article that will get you started on what you need to know to have a great puppy and happy, life-long relationship.  Please read our dog training article titled “Can You Give Me Training Tips for my New Christmas Puppy”. It will definitely point you in the right direction.

Training your new puppy requires a confident and healthy attitude

 

Should Our Dog Be with Us Under the Tree on Christmas Day?

Christmas Day is normally a wonderful time for all of us.  Family and friends are at our side and it is just a happy, joyous, and exciting day.  One of the great parts of Christmas Day is gathering around the Christmas Tree and opening all those great presents.

But, what about our family dog? Shouldn’t he be there too?

Like most families filled with dogs and dog lovers, our dogs are always with us all the time.  We can normally find the time to watch and manage them even when we are really busy doing our family stuff.  Christmas poses an especially large problem because of the large numbers of family and guests in the house and the crazy distractions taking place everywhere.

We usually have a hard time enjoying the Holiday and making sure our dog stays behaved and safe.  We can either find a place to have him away from all the Christmas present festivities or figure out a way that he can remain.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains your options and how to successfully implement whatever you decide.  Please check out our dog training article titled “Should Our Dog Be with Us Under the Tree on Christmas Day”.

Should your dog be with you under the Christmas Tree when you are opening presents?

What are Good Christmas Presents for my Dog? 

It is always fun to give our dogs gifts; especially at Christmas.  We love to see them play with the gift and we often join in and play with them using the gift.  The good news is that this helps build a stronger bond between you and your dog.  It also builds up his trust because of the safe interaction shown in your play time.

These can be a bad side to giving gifts as well.  When we give a gift, we are implicitly referring what we are allowing and denying them to do.  If we give a gift that encourages barking or jumping, we are telling them that barking and jumping are both acceptable actions.  They don’t understand that an action may be allowed at playtime but not at other times.  This is due to your dog’s consistent form of learning.

The most important fact that you must consider when picking out presents to give to your dog is the lesson that the present, the act of playing with the present, and the interaction the present creates is teaching your dog.  Depending on how you evaluate what you are teaching your dog, some gifts may be fine for your dog and bad for your friend’s dog.

Robin and I have a great article that explains what you should consider when picking Christmas presents as well as what are some normally great dog gifts. Please read our dog training article titled “What are Good Christmas Presents for my Dog”.

Christmas presents can tell your dog what he is allowed and not allowed to do. Make sure you are sending the right message

Is it a Good Idea to Give a Puppy as a Christmas Gift?

Everyone loves puppies, and everyone loves receiving gifts.  With that in mind, why wouldn’t be obvious that everyone would love to get a puppy as a gift?  The answer roughly falls into the concept of “It is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

Many dog lovers just don’t have the time or financial resources to take care of a puppy full time.  Many people love puppies and dogs but just can’t put up with all the maintenance that they naturally require.

You also have to take a look at this from the puppy’s perspective.  Some puppies “take to people” differently than others.  It doesn’t mean that the puppy is mean or bad or that the person is mean or bad.  They must might have not been made for each other.  If the puppy is being given as a gift, this needs to be worked out before they are handed this cute, little bundle with a big bow.

Robin and I have a great article that helps you walk through all the things you need to consider before giving a puppy as a gift at Christmas or any other time of the year.  Please check out our dog training article titled “Is it a Good Idea to Give a Puppy as a Christmas Gift”.

Understand what you need to know before considering giving a puppy as a gift

How Can I Stop My Dog Nipping at My Heels?

One of the most annoying things that our dog does to us is to nip at our heels when we pass by them.  Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t happen.  The one thing for sure is that when our dog nips at us, we normally go nuts, kick at them, scream, or just get generally agitated.

The one thing that we never remember is that all these things we do when our dog makes us mad by nipping at us never work.  All they normally do is to get our dog more crazy and they then turn from nipping into jumping and barking.  We need to understand that whatever we are doing is not working.

Our dogs focus on our body language and when we pass by them, we naturally switch from a strong state into a weak or even playful state.  This sends a signal to our dog that they now have the opportunity to take charge and get their way.  This normally displays itself as the initial nipping of our pants when we pass by.

Robin and I have a great article that goes into more detail about what our dogs are thinking because of our inappropriate and uneducated actions.  We will educate you as to what you should be doing to make this annoying  occurrence go away for good.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Can I Stop My Dog Nipping at My Heels”.

Stop your dog nipping your heels

Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

What Should I Do to Have a Great Puppy?

We all love getting cute, little puppies.  They are full of energy and are always ready to play.  We often like to get them to chase us or we love to chase them. We to the “jump on me, jump on me” slap on our legs then they are so cute when the get up on their back legs and give us those “puppy eyes”.

This sounds great when you have a little puppy, but what happens if that puppy is going to grow up to be something really big?  How are you are going to tell them to forget about everything you were doing before?  How are they going to understand that it is not OK to jump on you because they are now big?

The answer is that they will not understand the difference and it will be very difficult to “untrain them” from the bad habits you have encouraged them to pursue. You must understand that the habits and activities you allow your puppy will do will extend into their adult life. Robin and I have a great dog training article that helps clarify all of this for you. Please read our dog training blog titled “What Should I Do to Have a Great Puppy”.

Training your new puppy requires a confident and healthy attitude

Can You Give Me Training Tips for my New Christmas Puppy?

Many families get their first ever puppy at Christmas time for the kids or because the puppy looked just so darn cute in the store.  They play with the puppy and get some instructions on what to do  and then are sent home with their four-legged bundle of joy.  Well, the “joy part” normally  starts to burn out as soon as they get home.

Puppies are really a lot of work and require a great deal of patience on the owners’ part for the relationship to be successful.  We all love puppies because they are cute and fun to play with.  We don’t think about the pottying, behavior, or safety issues that are involved.

You need to create a special environment for your puppy that emulates the maternal canine experience from which they came.  This means that you need to understand nutrition, socialization, leadership, environment, and protection.  More importantly, you need to understand these concepts from a canine perspective. Remember, you are dealing with a puppy.

Robin and I have a great puppy training article that will get you started on what you need to know to have a great puppy and happy, life-long relationship.  Please read our dog training article titled “Can You Give Me Training Tips for my New Christmas Puppy”. It will definitely point you in the right direction.

Training your new puppy requires a confident and healthy attitude

 

Should Our Dog Be with Us Under the Tree on Christmas Day?

Christmas Day is normally a wonderful time for all of us.  Family and friends are at our side and it is just a happy, joyous, and exciting day.  One of the great parts of Christmas Day is gathering around the Christmas Tree and opening all those great presents.

But, what about our family dog? Shouldn’t he be there too?

Like most families filled with dogs and dog lovers, our dogs are always with us all the time.  We can normally find the time to watch and manage them even when we are really busy doing our family stuff.  Christmas poses an especially large problem because of the large numbers of family and guests in the house and the crazy distractions taking place everywhere.

We usually have a hard time enjoying the Holiday and making sure our dog stays behaved and safe.  We can either find a place to have him away from all the Christmas present festivities or figure out a way that he can remain.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains your options and how to successfully implement whatever you decide.  Please check out our dog training article titled “Should Our Dog Be with Us Under the Tree on Christmas Day”.

Should your dog be with you under the Christmas Tree when you are opening presents?

What are Good Christmas Presents for my Dog? 

It is always fun to give our dogs gifts; especially at Christmas.  We love to see them play with the gift and we often join in and play with them using the gift.  The good news is that this helps build a stronger bond between you and your dog.  It also builds up his trust because of the safe interaction shown in your play time.

These can be a bad side to giving gifts as well.  When we give a gift, we are implicitly referring what we are allowing and denying them to do.  If we give a gift that encourages barking or jumping, we are telling them that barking and jumping are both acceptable actions.  They don’t understand that an action may be allowed at playtime but not at other times.  This is due to your dog’s consistent form of learning.

The most important fact that you must consider when picking out presents to give to your dog is the lesson that the present, the act of playing with the present, and the interaction the present creates is teaching your dog.  Depending on how you evaluate what you are teaching your dog, some gifts may be fine for your dog and bad for your friend’s dog.

Robin and I have a great article that explains what you should consider when picking Christmas presents as well as what are some normally great dog gifts. Please read our dog training article titled “What are Good Christmas Presents for my Dog”.

Christmas presents can tell your dog what he is allowed and not allowed to do. Make sure you are sending the right message

Is it a Good Idea to Give a Puppy as a Christmas Gift?

Everyone loves puppies, and everyone loves receiving gifts.  With that in mind, why wouldn’t be obvious that everyone would love to get a puppy as a gift?  The answer roughly falls into the concept of “It is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

Many dog lovers just don’t have the time or financial resources to take care of a puppy full time.  Many people love puppies and dogs but just can’t put up with all the maintenance that they naturally require.

You also have to take a look at this from the puppy’s perspective.  Some puppies “take to people” differently than others.  It doesn’t mean that the puppy is mean or bad or that the person is mean or bad.  They must might have not been made for each other.  If the puppy is being given as a gift, this needs to be worked out before they are handed this cute, little bundle with a big bow.

Robin and I have a great article that helps you walk through all the things you need to consider before giving a puppy as a gift at Christmas or any other time of the year.  Please check out our dog training article titled “Is it a Good Idea to Give a Puppy as a Christmas Gift”.

Understand what you need to know before considering giving a puppy as a gift

How Can I Stop My Dog Nipping at My Heels?

One of the most annoying things that our dog does to us is to nip at our heels when we pass by them.  Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t happen.  The one thing for sure is that when our dog nips at us, we normally go nuts, kick at them, scream, or just get generally agitated.

The one thing that we never remember is that all these things we do when our dog makes us mad by nipping at us never work.  All they normally do is to get our dog more crazy and they then turn from nipping into jumping and barking.  We need to understand that whatever we are doing is not working.

Our dogs focus on our body language and when we pass by them, we naturally switch from a strong state into a weak or even playful state.  This sends a signal to our dog that they now have the opportunity to take charge and get their way.  This normally displays itself as the initial nipping of our pants when we pass by.

Robin and I have a great article that goes into more detail about what our dogs are thinking because of our inappropriate and uneducated actions.  We will educate you as to what you should be doing to make this annoying  occurrence go away for good.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Can I Stop My Dog Nipping at My Heels”.

Stop your dog nipping your heels